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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Yummy Snacks for Christmas At the Lake - Moose Munch

I don't know about you but I love cooking and making things that my friends and family love.   Especially when it's something they don't expect.  Such is the case with my recent attempt to make home-made moose munch.  If you're not familiar Moose Munch is basically caramel corn with nuts and chocolate.

The idea came to me as I was listening to my hubs order Christmas gifts for his corporate clients.  He was on the phone with Moose Munch headquarters ordering dozens of tins to be delivered to offices all across the country and I started to think how yummy that stuff is.  All of the sudden, I'm on Pinterest and Google looking for recipes.  I needed Moose Munch now!

I found a couple of recipes that looked good and went with the one that matched the ingredients I had on hand.  It was A-MAZ-ING!  Almost as amazing as my husbands reaction when he came in the kitchen to find home made Moose Munch - to die for.

Start by popping some popcorn.  We don't have a popper so I just popped it in a heavy pan that had a lid with a steam hole which worked like a charm.  Two batches - EZ PZ.

Place the popped corn in a deep, oiled roasting pan and put in the over at 250 degrees while you're making your caramel sauce.

If you like nuts, you'll want to sprinkle your preference (I used mixed cocktail nuts) over the popcorn before I put it in the oven.  More or less to your liking.


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While it's roasting in the oven....

Make the Caramel Sauce:


  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar 
  • 1/4 c. honey
Mix together all ingredients to dissolve, stir until mixture comes to a boil.  Let it boil for 5 minutes - set the timer and let it do it's thing.

At the end of the 5 minutes, bring the popcorn out of the oven and pour the caramel sauce over the popcorn nut mixture.  Stir to coat and place back in the oven for 30 minutes - stirring the mixture at the end of 15 minutes to coat the popcorn and nuts with the caramel goodness.  

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At the end of the 30 minutes, prepare a space on the counter by placing two large pieces of wax paper out as a resting place for your hot caramel corn mixture.

Remove the caramel corn from the oven and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips (again, more or less depending on how chocolate you want it) gently mix and spread it out on the wax paper to cool.  



Once cool and crispy eat and eat and eat and eat!  If there's any left,  keep it fresh by storing in a air tight container.

There are tons of recipes out there.  I used THIS ONE from An Oregon Cottage as my road map - taking a few detours along the way to make it match what I had in my head.  

The good news with Moose Munch is that you can't go wrong!  Hope you're enjoying time at the lake house and making Moose Munch this holiday season.

Enjoy!  

Cindy




Sunday, November 23, 2014

The quintessential lake house decor - it's a sign

As we're surfing the net we love seeing how simple can be so spectacular when it comes to decorating at the lake house - or anywhere for that matter.

Here are a few of our most recent favorite finds - which includes one of our favorite design elements...signs for the lake house.

Yep, it's a sign.

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Vintage No Wake Area

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Rescued Harbor Sign flanked by vintage ice cream making buckets


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Inviting Lake House Guest Room

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Vintage Super Market sign = Super Cute Kitchen Decor

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Simple Lake House Decor




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Darling - Functioning Entry at the Lake House  w/reclaimed door hanging above

We loved the painted reclaimed door hanging in this entry so much we were inspired to create and offer a similar vintage style sign to our customers.


if you're lucky enough to live at the lake you're lucky enough sign for the lake house
Available in two sizes:  14" x 36" and 17" x 44"

Check out all of our new arrival products including new vintage style sign designs HERE


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Lake House, Beach House or Your House. We've gotchya covered. . .


If you follow this blog, you know we love market samples.  A few years ago we had a 5,000 sq foot industrial retail space in Dallas (on Irving Blvd) that was filled several times a year with market sample inventory.  As a new business attempting to launch in a failing economy, this merchandise strategy is what helped us develop and grow our customer base and more than a few friendships.

Now that we have the new location in Log Cabin, Texas we are excited to bring samples back into the mix.

If you're not familiar with market samples, here's a brief introduction:  Market samples are wholesale product samples recently retired from the floor of wholesale showrooms.  They are not considered used furniture/decor as they've never been inside a personal residence.  Yet conditions can be less than perfect due to the wear and tear of the wholesale showroom; as they've been on display for retail buyers that come to market several times each year to buy merchandise for their respective retail stores. Because of our relationships with wholesale showroom managers we often have the opportunity to sell their samples and give our customers an opportunity to buy well below suggested retail.

This week we were granted that opportunity and last night we unloaded a cargo van and a 12 foot trailer of furniture, decor and accessories that would work in any town home, lake house, cabin, beach house, hunting cabin or condo.

Below we show you a few of our favorite pieces.
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Westinford Birdcage Candleholder
$85.00


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Vaneta Woven Nesting Tables - set 3
$175.00


Abella Buiffet with Zinc Top, Lake House Furniture, IMAX Furniture,
Abella Buffet w/Zinc Top
$575

Twin Sails Framed Oil Painting, Lake House Decor, Beach House Decor, Lake House Art, Beach House Art
Twin Sails Framed Oil
40" x 50" x 2.25
$185.00

Eureka Wood Console Table, Lake House Furniture, Lake House Decor, Beach House Furniture, Beach House Decor
Eureka Wood Console
$225.00

Schultz Rolling Wine Trunk, lake house furniture, beach house furniture, cabin furniture
Schultz Rolling Wine Trunk
$475.00



Bloom 2 Drawer Chest, lake house furniture, beach house furniture, painted furniture, pink furniture, girls room furniture
Bloom 2 Drawer Chest
$150.00


Find all the sweet pieces and even sweeter deals at our Log Cabin location this weekend.

Lakehouse Outfitters Online Distribution and Boatique
located at:  5300 SH 198, Log Cabin, TX
903-489-9111
OPEN Saturday 10 - 4
OPEN Sunday 1 - 4

DIRECTIONS FROM DALLAS/METRO AREA
South on 175 towards Kaufman
EXIT onto Hiway 198  at Mabank
Travel south towards Malakoff on 198 to Lakehouse Outfitters
Once you cross the second Cedar Creek Lake bridge our location is on the left.

DIRECTIONS FROM  HIWAY 31
In Malakoff - take Hiway 198 NORTH for approx. 4 miles
Our building will be on your right

We are located across from the new Dollar General and Stroud Construction




Friday, October 31, 2014

Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures to Manistee Pier and Lighthouse

I'll admit it.  It's difficult for me to get my head around wearing a long sleeve tee or hoodie when I'm soaking wet from sweat while working in 90 degree heat and high humidity, which was the case this week as we prepped for First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas.   As we unpack our latest shipment we're all thinking the same thing.

Thank goodness for Janeen!

We notice on Janeen's facebook page there's a chance of snow on Halloween and at the same time we're looking at the calendar to be sure it's really October and not July!  Yep, Janeen is a much better candidate for modeling long sleeve lake wear tees than anyone in Texas and there's always the fringe benefit of feeling like we're tagging along Janeen's On Lake Time adventure once we see her photos.

This past weekend was no different.  Janeen and her producer/photographer hubs set out to do some sight seeing around Lake Michigan and specifically Manistee Pier and Lighthouse.  A beautiful setting for a Lake Life Apparel photo shoot if we do say so ourself.

We hope you enjoy her photos as much as we do.

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Manistee Pier, City of Manistee, Manistee Lighthouse, Lake Michigan


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Long Sleeve Adult Tee in Pink Bazooka
Decorated Front:  This Girl Loves Her Lake

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Honk!


Janeen's beautiful view on her home lake at sunset
 A perfect ending to the day for our
Lake Life Apparel Cover Girl

If you need something to wear to the lake...

Click Here to Shop The Tees Janeen wore to Manistee

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Lake Decor Pins You Love


Every once in a while we find ourselves getting sucked into a social media vacuum.  

Like today.  I was looking for a specific pin and ended up spending the better part of an hour looking at lake boards on Pinterest and swooning over pin after pin after pin that I love. 

A time waster?  I think not - turns out it was the perfect inspiration for this lake decor blog post. 

Lakehouse Outfittters on Pinterest keeps surprising me.  Some of our pins are over 2 years old and yet they keep earning your Pins as you buy your first lake house, update your current lake house or make plans for your future lake house.  We love that you come to Lakehouse Outfitters on Pinterest to start collecting your lake house decor ideas.   

I'm fond of saying that decorating at the lake is so much fun because you don't have to follow any rules.  If you like it, do it!

Here are a few of your favorite pins from Our Boards


Personalized Oars for Boys Bedroom at the lake
Always a favorite MOM pin - a great idea for the boys room at the lake house

Grandpa's Tackle Box
Vintage Fishing tackle boxes on display at the lake house
Possibly our most pinned pin.  We saw this idea of displaying vintage wooden boxes on traditional built
in bookcases and pinned that we'd steal the idea using vintage fishing tackle boxes.  Inspired
by the fact that I have my grandfather's tackle box on the shelves in my office.
Complete with the original key.


white draperies hung high above the windows on long rod
Apparently we're not the only one loving this look!  


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One of our first pins we titled:  New life for an old friend.
Grouping vintage orphans such as a 1/2 cowl and single wood ski along side
a rustic sign works at the boat house as well as the lake house.

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 On Cocktail Time - this little life ring has gotten some attention.
Be sure to follow us on Pinterest - and if you have a lake board, we'll follow you too!
In the meantime, we have a little gift for you.  A free 8 x 10 printable download Lakehouse Outfitters orginal art offer.



Happy Lake-Orating!

Cindy




Monday, September 15, 2014

Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures - From the Mitten State


Michigan, the mitten state

As Janeen and I were first getting to know each other, emailing back and forth she would often sign her emails, with something like, Smiles & Splashes from The Mitten or Thanks and Love from The Mitten.  

I thought this was so cute and after a few emails I wrote back that I'd love to know how she got her nickname.

(duh) When you look at the map it's pretty hard to miss!  

I'm sure she laughed all day over this reply, yet she was kind in her response and educating me that she was referring to her home state Michigan the mitten state.  Oh dear, I have so much to learn and couldn't be happier with my Mitten Mentor, Janeen.

This summer, Janeen was definitely On Lake Time enjoying lake life and taking advantage of the beautiful Lake Country surrounding her home.  She and her hubs spent a few weekends visiting some of their favorite Michigan destinations and we're so lucky she's willing to share her adventure with us.

One such weekend they visited Glen Arbor.  Janeen says this is one of their favorite small towns within a couple hours drive from home.

 They enjoyed lunch at Art's Tavern. Art's Tavern has been serving Glen Arbor Michigan visitors for over 80 years!  (If you visit, Janeen suggests the yummy whitefish dip made with fresh whitefish from Lake Michigan)

Also included in their day was a stop to 
Cherry Republic one of Janeen's favorite stores to shop as they just happen to make her favorite Michigan wine. Cherry Balaton.  As I was looking at their website I couldn't help noticing the dark chocolate covered cherry's.  Oh my. 

Here are a few pictures from Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures from The Mitten.
Glen Arbor Outing

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Janeen modeling LakeHouse Outfitters lake life apparel on the deck overlooking Historic Fishtown in Leland

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We hope you love Janeen's photos as much as we do, including the one of Janeen pointing to the spot on the map of Michigan (on the giant hanging cherry) where she lives.  I spy the red mitten.

Janeen points out that Michigan is the only state that you can hold up your hand and point to where you live! 


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We all love our lakes, that's the common thread that weaves us together.  If you haven't yet shopped our website and specifically the Shop By Lake category where we offer a dozen products printed with YOUR LAKE map you really should check it out.  

Here's an example of a lake art coaster set for the Great Lakes region, and a very visible mitten.  

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Go to Shop By Lake - CLICK HERE

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Lake House Decor Coupon You'll Want to Clip



A Short Story:

Yesterday we received an offer from our vendor to buy this popular lake decor sign at a discounted wholesale price.  It's a long story that we don't have all the details on except for the fact that they (the vendor) has been caught by the Go Jump In The Lake police and are discontinuing all of their items that have this saying.

They are no longer allowed to sell items that read:  Go Jump In the Lake

Go Figure.

We took them up on their offer and are passing the discount along to our customers.
Here's The Deal:

Lake Decor Item:  Go Jump In The Lake Box Sign
Retails for $28.00
This Month You Can Buy For Only $14.00 when you use our coupon code.
This item is being discontinued.  When they're gone, they're gone.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Guest Article - How To Create A Lake House That Works For Everyone


As a small business owner, it's such a compliment to have someone write about us and quote our Crew Boss, Cindy. Thanks to Jessica Johnson for including Lakehouse Outfitters in her recent article about lake life.


August 26, 2014

Decorating the lake house is a hassle... said no one ever. In fact, if you’re anything like Cindy at Lakehouse Outfitters, you think of it as a joy and are excited because you have more "creative freedom" than you do with a traditional house in the city/suburbs. Creating a lake house that works for everyone is all about a relaxed, fun, family friendly environment where the "rules of decor" are often thrown out the window. Here's a few tips on how to:

Create a Lake House That Works for Everyone


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Buy a personalized sign! Nothing says welcome home like a sign made just for you. According to Cindy, “we hear this time and time and time again... I'm closing on a lake house and the first thing I'm going to do once the papers are signed is buy a sign”. Their best selling Lake House Sign, says Cindy is RED STRIPE #570. It has three lines to
personalize, is available in wood or metal and comes in three sizes. The colors are rich and the subject matter is great, too. Starting at $81.00, there’s no wonder why this particular sign is so popular.



The next thing you do is buy a boat or PWC. Anyone can learn how to operate personal watercraft vehicles, or PWCs safely. Older adults and individuals as young as 13 can take the $20 state boater education course online. After passing the test, you can lawfully operate powerboats, PWCs, and windblown vessels anywhere on state waters forever since the card never expires.

This is when you realize that you need a boat lift. It is essential that you have a reliable way to secure your new PWCs for both long term storage and during storms. According to Shane, an executive at Legacy Lifts a Texas-based custom cargo lifts company, an example of reliable components are those "built from T6 Aluminum and welded seams, custom-sized to your boat ". Very James Bond-like.
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The next thing is to have a party. Inviting all your friends over at once makes the most since for a lake house warming; but definitely try to keep your clean up to a minimum. Shatterproof wine glasses and multiple towel racks are some essentials to get you started. Broken glass and water is not something you want your guests tracking all through your house. Trust me.

Finally, you realize it's true



you never know how many friends you have until you own a lake house





Let’s discuss what first things you did after buying a lake house in the comments below...

About the author: Jessica Johnson is a freelance writer and fellow lake house lover. Follow her on Twitter.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Janeen's Adventures On Lake Time - Tall Ship Manitou



Our lake life apparel cover girl and travel correspondent Janeen has delivered on her promise to take us along as she visits some of the most beautiful, interesting, quaint and quirky places in Northern Michigan.

Today, we share her photo journal from a recent visit to Northern Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay to setsail on the Tall Ship Manitou. 

Welcome Aboard, we hope you enjoy being On Lake Time (from wherever you are at this very moment) and the beauty of Lake Michigan!



TALL SHIP MANITOU - Grand Traverse Bay - Go Jump In the Lake T Shirt
















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We learned ONLINE Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800’s “coasting” cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Specifically designed for passenger service, her hull was constructed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1983 and finished by Vermont carpenters on Lake Champlain. With a 59 passenger capacity, there is plenty of space for sitting and moving around the decks while under sail. Her overall length of 114 feet, beam of 21 feet, and displacement of nearly 100 tons ensures a comfortable, relaxing motion, soothing to both landlubbers and “old salts” alike.

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Thanks to Janeen for sharing her Adventures On Lake Time and for being such a great advocate and Cover Girl for Lakehouse Outfitters.

If you like the Go Jump In the Lake T-shirt Janeen is wearing you can see it HERE

Lakehouse Outfitters Lake Life Apparel
Designed and Worn by Women Who Live At The Lake

Happy Sailing,

Cindy



Friday, August 15, 2014

Meet Janeen, Lakehouse Outfitters Lake Life Apparel Cover Girl . . . and Lake Life Correspondent!


This blog post is a story about how one act of kindness on social media has developed into a new found friendship and an ongoing photo shoot showcasing the beauty of the mitten state, also known as the great state of Michigan all while donning Lakehouse Outfitters lake wear.
Live Love Lake T-Shirt Lake Life Apparel

In early July, we found this post on our facebook page.

Love my new "Live Love Lake" shirt from Lakehouse Outfitters! We live on one of Northern Michigan's beautiful inland lakes, I get lots of compliments when I wear this shirt!! Thanks for the cool design!!  Janeen

To say this simple post "made our day" would be an understatement.  

A few weeks later, another friend who's also a customer commented " wasn't that the best photo of your customer from Michigan?  You should ask her to send you more photos wearing your tee shirts."

And so we did.

A simple offer - If we send you a few garments every now and then, would you mind taking photos when the opportunity is right and allowing us use them in our new lake apparel campaign?

Lake Life Apparel.  
Designed and Worn by Women Who Live At The Lake.

The answer was YES!  Therefore. . . 

Meet Janeen, Lakehouse Outfitters Lake Life Apparel Cover Girl . . . and Lake Life Correspondent!


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Janeen and her husband and 2 year old live full time on Crawford Lake in Kalkaska, Michigan one of Michigan's beautiful inland lakes.


Crawford Lake - Kalkaska Michigan - The Mitten State


The Mitten State - Chocolate Lab at the Lake - Crawford Lake, Michigan

BTW - their 2 year old is a chocolate lab named Bo

They love lake living because of all the natural beauty that surrounds them every day! The sunsets & sunrises on the lake are breathtaking! They have a pair of Bald Eagles that nest on their lake that they enjoy watching and have watched them raise two eaglets.  

Janeen talks about what a thrill it is to see them first as a baby in the nest and then soaring over their lake, fishing with their Mom and Dad. Janeen enjoys photography and has taken some amazing photos of the eagles.




Bald Eagles On Crawford Lake, Michigan


Pair of Bald Eagles, Crawford Lake, Michigan


Soaring Bald Eagle - Crawford Lake, Michigan



"Living on the lake has made us slow down and enjoy every minute of the day!Whether it's Spring, Summer Winter or Fall, we love lake living in Northern Michigan!"


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In early August Janeen was On Lake Time along the beaches of Lake Michigan and promises to share her photos from Grand Traverse Bay on the Tall Ship Manitou.  Stay with us and read more about Janeen's Adventures On Lake Time!

Happy Weekend,

Cindy